Traditional Chinese Medicine has existed over 3000 years from now. The ancient writings on the shells of tortoise and bone give evidence for the existence of the medicine which majorly focused on curing diseases by the circular movement of air (qi) and blood (Shui) (Unknown, Unknown). Ancient Chinese believed mankind is connected to the large universe which is again connected the nature. The tradition aims at bringing a balance between health and the internal organs in the human body which is in turn connected to five elements (fire, wood, water, earth, and metal) of earth.
These concepts serve as a foundation in treating patients at BringHealth which aims at treating the person’s whole body and soul for better living and speedy recovery of illness. Additionally, making sure the immune system is strong enough to withstand any issues which the body might have to face. Post analysis of the abnormality, one or more of the following methods would be incorporated to treat the individual in BringHealth (Unknown, 2019):
Additionally, Bring Health is partnered with Capital Health centre which provides advises on the diet, lifestyle moxibustion and individual health consultation in any of the three clinics located in Canberra. All the above services are provided post complete examination of a patient’s medical history and current conditions to suit his need.
In comparison with Western Medicine
Western or modern medication focuses on the virus/bacteria causing the illness to the person. The abnormality is usually treated with chemically formulated medicine to get rid of the illness. Whereas TCM tries to examine the entire body of the individual as it believed that each individual is composed of different components which differ the composition. The difference in the composition causes varied energy levels in the human body in turn which is co-related to five essential elements of the earth (Wang, 2016). The below table gives a detailed comparison (Cao, 2019):
Both medicines have a common goal of curing the disease but each of them has its methods and results to achieve the same.
Side-effects of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a practice followed since many years. The approach needs the practitioner to have sufficient knowledge on the technique with training and practise to treat patients with TCM techniques to achieve best results. Since, the treatment involves the practitioner to undergo training, he/she must be licensed to practise the treatment. Hence, it is highly recommended to see a licensed practitioner.
For instance, Acupuncture is a treatment which involves inserting of needles into the patient’s body to relieve pain. It is very important to know if the needles used by the acupuncturist is sterilised and are dispose after each use. Also, letting the practitioner know everything about your medical history (Unknown, 2017).
Hence to safeguard from the side effects it is a best practise to consult a certified and licenced practitioner to treat the abnormalities. Additionally, every medicine prescribed must be taken in the right proportion to avoid any damage to the other parts. Hence, right advise from the practitioner must be followed for best results.
Yin and Yang’s impact on Traditional Chinese Medicine
Yin-Yang forms the foundation in traditional Chinese medicine in diagnosing and treating abnormalities in patients. It is a phenomenon of two opposite forces that are mutually interconnected. The relationship demonstrates everything existing in the universe connected but yet opposite elements, playing vital roles in the environment. Yin-Yang demonstrates other relationships in the environment like Female-Male, Darkness-Light, Rest-Activity, and Right-Left. The aspects of the relationship are explained below (Wang, 2019):
Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine
The diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine is done in four methods to come up with a treatment plan for the abnormalities in the human body. Below are the four methods of diagnosis:
Inspection: Careful visual inspection on the patient’s body in the complexion and tongue to find any abnormalities
Listening and Smelling: Listening to patients breathing, smelling the odor of the patient’s breath, secretions and excretions gives the patient abnormalities information which helps in diagnosis
Inquiring: Asking patients questions regarding the observable symptoms and the intervals they occur to help diagnose illness and come up with a treatment plan
Palpation: The pulse variation could be determined by pressing the corresponding parts of the body for a better understanding of the patient’s system (Wang, 2002)
The above-mentioned methods are not limited there might be more assessments done by the practiser to get a better picture of the patient’s health condition.